Here are a few inspirational quotes for your day!

 

“As far as possible, be at home with your children. As you nourished your child before he was capable of eating solid food, so in the early formative years, nature has determined that you must nourish your child in virtue.” –Fr. Lovasik, The Catholic Family Handbook

The education of your children is the result of the combined efforts of both parents. But in his youngest years, the child is almost exclusively under the mother’s guidance. Your efforts are to produce effects that will have their final reckoning in eternity. Although your educational influence is of a nature entirely different from that of the father, your vocation as mother is equal in importance to your husband’s. –The Catholic Family Handbook, Fr. Lovasik

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Aprons tell a beautiful story…..a story of love and sacrifice….of baking bread and mopping floors, of planting seeds and household chores. Sadly, many women have tossed the aprons aside and donned their business attire. Wear your apron with joy….it is a symbol of Femininity….”Finer” Femininity! (Gemma’s lovely apron, given to her as a gift for her Confirmation, from her sister Rosie. Made by her sister, Gin.)

“A woman’s role is supportive, and she is to be her husband’s helper, confidant, counselor if need be, friend and one of his greatest allies. You should be more than willing to make your man feel important, appreciated and admired.” –Fascinating Womanhood

“Don’t get serious about a boy who is not willing to prove himself by avoiding sin, especially impurity and drunkenness, frequenting the sacraments, and spending a reasonable amount of time in prayer daily. Never think of marrying someone who will not be able to make you better for living with him, for the foundation of a happy marriage is a holy love which will enable you to aid each other to practice virtue and fulfill your duties.” –Fr. Lovasik, clean Love in Courtship 

“Although good homemaking is an admirable virtue, it can be overdone. Create a home, not a showplace. A man appreciates efforts for his sake, but doesn’t want homemaking to take priority over him, or things he considers more important. The castle is not more important than the king that dwells therein.” – Helen Andelin

As Catholics, we “venerate” images such as the image of Jesus, the saints, the Blessed Mother, which simply means we regard with great respect and reverence the person portrayed in the image, an action which is not contrary to the First Commandment. Saint Thomas Aquinas, in his Summa Theologica, said the following: “Religious worship is not directed to images in themselves, considered as mere things, but under their distinctive aspect as images leading us on to God incarnate. The movement towards the image does not terminate in it as image, but tends toward that whose image it is” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, #2132). www.finerfem.com

A woman can triumph over any faults of her early training and develop into a competent housewife as long as she has a willing spirit, never stops learning and never gives up! www.finerfem.com

Dear Blessed Mother, you were chosen by God to bear within you our world’s greatest gift, the Savior of all humanity. I come to you now asking for the health and safety of the child that God has graced me to conceive. Guard this life that God has created, and let your gentle hands, like that of a skilled physician, assist my delivery so that this baby will know good health and lasting happiness. May my child be favored with the grace of Holy Baptism, and grow to love our Lord Jesus Christ above all else in this world. Amen. www.finerfem.com

“While the procreation of the race is the primary purpose of marriage, it also fosters the love and devotion of husband and wife. It answers man’s craving for intimate companionship, sympathy, understanding, and lasting friendship. It enriches the personality of man by increasing his unselfishness and deepening his capacity for love, friendship, and sacrifice.” – Fr. Lawrence G. Lovasik. The Catholic Family Handbook

“Be patient with everyone, but above all with yourself…do not be disheartened by your imperfections, but always rise up with fresh courage.” Introduction the the Devout Life― St. Francis de Sales

Thank you for all the lovely comments on the Giveaway post! It is good to hear from all of you and please know you are in my prayers!

And now the winner of these Advent goodies is…

Jennifer! (jennkray)

Congratulations!

(I have sent you an email)

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Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Apron! Feminine and Beautiful!

Fully lined, lace overlay, made with care and detail. Available here.

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